The Art of Personal NarrativeLawrence Howard and Lynne Duddy of Portland Story Theater offer a workshop series on personal narrative called The Art of Personal Narrative so that people, like you, can learn to express themselves with this amazing art form. Each workshop includes time on stage.
Photography by Scott Bump © 2012
Story Connects UsPersonal narrative breaks down barriers and builds connection between people through story. These stories are told improvisationally using ingenuity and the power of spontaneity. Everyone tells stories. The challenge is to bring enough art to make it more than kitchen-table storytelling.
Photoography by Scott Bump © 2013
Discover, Craft, PerformThe Art of Personal Narrative workshop gives participants an opportunity to craft a personal story and deliver it in its true form: naked, fresh, revealing. It's not acting. You're not a character on stage. You're yourself. It's not writing. There's no script. This is narrative, spoken straight from the heart. Only six (6) adults (18+) are eligible to partipate in each workshop.
What to ExpectEach workshop group has eight (8) sessions: four collaborative sessions, an individual coaching session, a tech, the showcase performance and a final debrief session. In every workshop we share insights about finding the stories we need to tell and why we need to tell them, how to use our voices and our bodies, how written stories are different from spoken stories, and how to structure the narrative arc of a story for spoken word delivery.
During the collaborative sessions, themes emerge. People work hard and approach the work with courage, dignity, and humor. We guide each participant through our unique(Urban Tellers® Process) that we've perfected over the last five years. Personal narratives are created. People learn to trust their stories and speak extemporaneously -- no scripts, no notes, no net. Each person participates in an individual session which is scheduled separately. There is a 'tech night' in the performance space, the performance is at Alberta Abbey, and the final gathering Portland Story Theater's Home Studio for celebration and feedback.
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Participant Perspectives"I loved it. I believe that personal narratives are the windows into realms of understanding. There is the story and then there is the untold story, all in one. The fabric of our lives is so diverse in color and texture, but underneath we are all made of a warp and weft, and through that, the pattern in peoples lives are revealed and they then become accessible." John
"Everyone has a story, and Lynne and Lawrence are tremendously effective at helping ANYONE bring that story out into the world. Every month their workshops and subsequent performances showcase personal narrative at its best." Julie
"I am struggling to find the words to adequately thank you for your attention to every detail that made the workshop and performance such a phenomenal success on so many levels." Ryan
"What a transformative experience the Urban Tellers® workshop and performance was for me... To be able to focus my creative energies on my own story and to steep in the broth of my fellow tellers' work was a precious gift." Sue
"The performances are always amazing, fun, intimate and enlightening. Come as an audience member or come as a workshop participant, either way you will be delighted!" Lori
"Thank you both for your support, the workshop was such a rewarding and growth experience for me. I hope to participate again." Bill
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